London fashion week: yellow is not just for Liberal Democrats

Just as Miriam González Durántez proved her party-faithful credentials in yellow, Mulberry sent the colour down its catwalk

You could call it a happy wardrobe accident. London fashion week comes to a close, throws up a few trends – one of which being the colour yellow – just as the Liberal Democrat conference climaxes. Ergo, anyone in yellow – Miriam González-Durántez included – looks distinctly on trend. But we know the cut of MG-D's jib by now: she shops at Zara, but she's not defined by Zara. This wasn't a fashion choice, this was a party-faithful choice. Without doubt, the yellow was decided upon well before Mulberry sent the colour down the catwalk. Clearly, any shade of blue would have played particularly badly in Birmingham, but actually it's her choice of yellow shoes that is most revealing. Matching dress to shoes is costume dressing – professional women with the kind of deft sartorial hand that MG-D possesses don't tend to do that unless they're intent on hammering home a message. The look states clearly: "It's not about my look guys, focus on the speech."

We'll leave the Jackie Kennedy hair for now because I suspect Freud could make a better reading of that than any fashion writer could. As for Nick's tie, well purple is very much of the moment but my hunch is that that wasn't on Clegg's agenda, perhaps he was simply trying to distance himself visually from Simon Hughes's sand 'n' lime get-up? Gladstone would've been embarrassed.

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Imogen Fox

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